|Forum topic by CharlieM1958||posted 1358 days ago||1306 views||1 time favorited||19 replies|
1358 days ago
We are getting ready to do a complete renovation of our long-vacant old library building at the university where I work. The building is about 60 years old, and there was quite a bit of wood shelving that was going to be carted off to the dump. I picked up on about 16 pieces of what I thought looked like maple, and about 20 pieces of red oak. They are all 10” wide and 36” to 48” in length.
The first photo below shows both types of boards, before and after planing. Some of the oak are solid full width, and the rest are T&G. The others are butt glue jointed, but seem absolutely solid except for a little separation near the ends.
The second photo is a closeup that leads to my ID question. I originally was pretty sure these boards were maple from looking at the ends, but after planing they actually look more like cherry to me. I’ve only worked with cherry on a limited basis, so I’d thought I’d run it by you guys for your opinions.
While I’m at it, I’ll throw in a planer tip for guys like myself who might be fairly new to using a planer. I started having feed problems and thought something was seriously wrong. But then I remembered some things I’ve read here at LJ’s, so I shut off and unplugged the planer, cleaned out the sawdust, wiped off the feed rollers, and put a fresh coat of wax on the tables. Presto! Problem solved.
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"